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#LiveRadiantly with St. Ives

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Y’ALL. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I am obsessing over St. Ives® Blemish Control Apricot Scrub!

I’m sure all of us have used St. Ives Apricot Scrub once before. I know I did back in my early teens. Somehow, for some reason that I can’t even begin to fathom, I went to a different product and lost my way. NEVER AGAIN. There are no words. 

My first reaction: holy crap this smells amazing. Second reaction, as I’m applying the scrub to my face, holy crap this feels amazing. Not only has the smell drastically improved since the last time I used St. Ives, but the scrub is life changing. This specific product has the highest level of scrub that St. Ives provides but it doesn’t hurt. It gently removes dead skin cells and leaves your skin feeling glorious even before you wash it off! 

Here’s some awesome features of St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub:St. Ives

  • Exfoliates to deeply clean pores

  • Provides exfoliation to brighten dull skin

  • Helps stop breakouts before they occur 

  • Contains salicylic acid, which is known to help prevent blemishes from forming and minimize pores

  • Includes these key ingredients: 100% natural exfoliants; corn kernel meal; walnut shell powder; apricot extract 

  • Scrub Meter: Deep strength

  • Contains a high blend of exfoliants 

  • Ideal for women who prefer a strong strength scrub

  • Paraben-free formula

  • Sulfate-free formula

I have pretty oily skin (which means blackheads) and it is something I’m constantly struggling with. I can’t think of any other product I’ve tried that leaves my skin feeling “normal” through the next time I wash my face. I can’t wait to keep using this product and I highly recommend it to anyone that struggles with oily skin and/or blackheads! 

Tell me how your experience with St. Ives has been in the comments!


P.S. Tweet me and @StIvesSkin pictures of how you #LiveRadiantly with St. Ives!

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Day Designers are on sale!

So last week when I said that was the longest week of my life? I was wrong. Adding moving on top of my school work made this past week even longer and more exhausting. And even better.. I was sick! But I’m finally feeling better, and to make this Monday brighter: the Day Designers are finally on sale

Here are the gorgeous options for you to pick from for the Day Designer:

Day Designer

Like OH MY GOSH, do you not love these? For the past two years, I’ve been using an Erin Condren Life Planner (which I’m absolutely obsessed with) but it just doesn’t quite cut it when it comes to nursing school. 

Life Planners run from $50-$75 depending on the style you pick, whereas the Day Designers are $59. Yes these are kinda hefty prices, but the quality is unbeatable! Life Planners break up each day into Morning, Afternoon, and Evening and have weekly displays. Day Designers are daily planners, so each day has its own page with hourly schedules, to-do lists, and so much more. There are also way more design options for the Life Planner, as well as monogram/name specialization. 

Deciding to make the change and go for a Day Designer has been a pretty difficult decision, but I really can’t pass up the daily schedules and to-do lists! Having a planner that is only broken up by weeks just doesn’t provide enough space for my hectic schedule these days.

I have been waiting anxiously for the email announcing that the Day Designers are on sale for the 2015 year. It definitely made this Monday a little less Monday-y! Oooh I’m so excited!

Oh and we have finished moving all of our stuff into the new apartment! Kitchen is done, curtain are hung, and things are finally coming together. I can’t wait to share our new space with y’all! I’m really starting to feel like a grown up with our new place.

My lecture break is over, so I have to get back to my endless PowerPoints, but comment below with your favorite Day Designer (mine is the Carrie Floral)!


sweetsthrnsass x la clé jewelry giveaway

la cle jewelry
I want to introduce La Clé Jewelry! I was blessed with the opportunity to work with a great lady and bring y’all an awesome giveaway. Of course, I wanted to get to know the owner of La Clé Jewelry, Deanna Saracino, so that I could promote her products to the best of my ability and really get behind why she started this company.
How did you come up with this idea? | I am a hopeless entrepreneur at heart and have an interest in many things. I’ve dabbled in everything really, but always wanted to create something with meaning. I’m a huge fan of simple necklaces and I am always looking for something unique and interesting. As a kid I used to wear my house key around my neck, so I started playing around with the idea of launching something on my own and I just sort of thought up the idea and ran with it. Learning as I go. Failure is a big part of learning for me. And I am very passionate about what I do…whatever that may be.
How would someone pick a color? | Someone can pick a color easily by going to our website and looking for “FIND YOUR COLOR” on the top tab.
Do you pick the [color] where the words speak to you or the color speaks to you? It’s so hard to decide! | It’s a bit of both I feel. That’s why it really depends on the day, mood, and outfit. Sometimes I just pick a color to compliment what I am wearing but then next thing you know I’m really becoming one with it’s meaning throughout the day!
How did you pair each color with their corresponding words? | I wanted to pick words that really resonated with people. A lot of brainstorming with friends. I love all the words we chose and I hope to add more words in the future.
Any future plans for La Clé Jewelry? | I am planning on launching a new collection this fall called The Dipped Key Collection. I am playing around with different designs and colors now and hope to have it launched in September. These keys will be hand dipped in color and worn on a 30″ black ball chain necklace. Very sharp!
What’s your Naked Key story? | My naked key story! Good question! I think anytime in your life when you realize you need a change and you need more positive influences in your life lifting you higher and not making you into a person you aren’t is really eye opening. I think we all get caught in situations that really make us take a step back and realize we can do better or be better. For me it’s really about embracing being the best person you can be and working on yourself every chance you get. I want to encompass every color in some capacity! Depending on the day and my mood and of course my outfit, I choose my colors accordingly.
For more information about La Clé Jewelry and to order your own Naked Key, visit!
I will be hosting the giveaway via Instagram, but here are the details on how to win a La Clé Jewelry Black Naked Key necklace to get you going: 1) Regram the Instagram photo with #sweetsthrnsassxlaclejewelry and tag @SweetSthrnSass and @LaCleJewelry in the post; 2) Tag 3 friends you think would love this giveaway; and 3) Follow @SweetSthrnSass and @LaCleJewelry! That’s all! Head over to Instagram to enter. The giveaway will end on Thursday at 10am CST and I will mail out the Black Naked Key the same day!


holy MacBook Pro withdrawals.

macbook proIn order to get prepared for the upcoming nursing school semester, I had to drop my MacBook Pro off at the IT Help Desk on campus. Some of the exams I need to take supposedly require the use of Windows or there will be complications. I’m not super worried, but at the same time, exams are important and I’m definitely not a risk taker. I expected it to be finished by this evening and all would be well. But no. The guy said it wouldn’t be ready until after the weekend! OMG holy MacBook Pro withdrawals. I seriously don’t even know what to do with myself. Which is so silly because I have a PC I can use [and am currently using to type this post]. But it’s just not the same, you know? I’ve been spoiled to the amazingness that are MacBooks. On top of that, my desk looks so lonely right now.

In other news: I’m working with La Clé Jewelry to bring y’all a giveaway! It has been so amazing collaborating with Deanna and I seriously can’t wait to share more about the phenomenal owner and her products. Be sure to check back Monday for the full post and giveaway details! You won’t want to miss it!


gold is the new black.

gold is the new black

I can’t think of anyone that is more obsessed with gold than I am right now. I am so absorbed with the beauty of all things gold that I have actually gone so far as to say “gold is the new black”. That’s a big deal. 

I’m by no means an expert on fashion and color trends and what not, but I do know when something is a big deal. I’m pretty easily excited, but what I feel about gold is way more than just my usual excitement.

By the grace of God, and some very lucky genetics, I was blessed with the ability to wear gold and silver, separately and at the same time. How neat is that? Apparently it’s pretty uncommon. [#gingersFTW] Something about my naturally gold highlighted red hair [my hair stylist's words, not mine] and alabaster skin lets me wear both simultaneously — and I definitely do! It’s like wearing black and brown together. People get all itchy about it, but it’s totally a thing if you can pull it off. If I had to pick one or the other though, I will always pick gold. Always.

For more information about the gold lovelies seen above, click the picture to take you to my Polyvore account where you can select each individual piece! Make sure you follow me and leave a comment with your username so I can follow you back.

P.S. What are you favorite gold pieces?


jewelry makes an outfit


Over this past weekend, I went home to visit my parents for probably the last time until Christmas as the result of being in nursing school.

I had packed up some adorable outfits and wore them very excitedly… But I made a crucial error: I forgot to pack jewelry! I am obsessed with statement pieces and even some delicate necklaces. My outfits just did not feel complete without a sparkly accessory. That resulted in my searching for some necklace treasures to share with y’all. I think all of these are extremely versatile, which is always a good thing; having a statement piece that you can only wear with one or two outfits is not the best use of your money, believe me. Don’t be afraid to be bold with your jewelry! Sometimes being a little outside of the jewelry box [haha, get it?] with your accessories is exactly what an outfit needs.



J.Crew Addict


So while I cannot afford to shop until I drop, I’ve taken to living vicariously through Polyvore. It actually works for a brief moment. I have this happiness in my heart about finding new clothes that I’m obsessed with.. Then I get a little sad because I don’t actually own the clothes. But that’s okay. There’s solace in the fact that I can just create another set and have that feeling again. It’s kinda like heroin or something. I better be careful!

I apologize in advance for the excess in posts of clothes and furniture and jewelry and who knows what else! Starting with J.Crew, of course.

Follow me on Polyvore and leave a comment with your username so I can follow y’all back!


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